Since 2003 a team of dedicated experts at the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS) has expanded access for the scientific community to real-time, high-resolution satellite imagery. CSTARS has provided scientists at the University of Miami and other global research institutions with satellite images that allow them to apply previously inaccessible domains of data in the development of new and exciting approaches to scientific problems – quickly and effectively.

Mapping offered by CSTARS' state-of-the-art technology covers all of Florida and the eastern U.S., all of the Caribbean Basin including the Lesser Antilles, Central America, Mexico, and a significant portion of northern South America and the eastern Pacific. Imagery from other parts of the world can be acquired as well. 

CSTARS presents scientific institutions, government entities and community organizations with a broad outlook on dangerous environmental phenomena, climate change, and coastal safety issues that can assist in more timely and efficient disaster planning. CSTARS was involved in the accessment of Hurricane Katrina damage, earthquake response efforts in Haiti, as well as in the monitoring of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

CSTARS has also contributed to a number of scientific projects ranging from typhoon research in the West Pacific to the Marginal Ice Zone of the Arctic Ocean using both optical and synthetic aperature radar (SAR) imagery. Our scientists are working at the forefront of satellite remote sensing with applications to wind, wave, and current observation in all the worlds bodies of water.


A winner of the 2011 S&T Award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Alliance for Earth Observations

2011 Innovation Award


United States Southern Command

Certificate of Appreciation

22 May 2012



Latest MODIS Image Processed

Information from the CSTARS FACILITY can be used for:

  • Terrestrial Applications
  • Coastal Studies
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Storm Monitoring
  • Ocean Science

Click the image below to view the CSTARS Gallery

Hurricane Ernesto 2012

Click the image below to see how CSTARS contributed to the Deepwater Horizon Response

Deepwater Horizon

Cstars Project Imagery
Key West Mississippi River internal-waves baton-rouge everglades

Images from left to right: 
1) Key West FORMOSAT-2 / © NSPO 2007 SPOT Image Corporation, USA 
2) Bird's Foot Delta, Mississippi River SPOT-4 / © CNES 2007 Distribution SPOT Image Corporation 
3) Internal Wave Packets off the Coast of Venezuela and Trinidad SPOT-2 / © CNES 2006 Distribution SPOT Image Corporation 
4) Mississippi River and Baton Rouge, Louisiana SPOT-4 / © CNES 2007 Distribution SPOT Image Corporation 
5) The Everglades / © RADARSAT 1 data Canadian Space Agency 2005


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